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  • Shining a light of kindness

    Nancy Boisvert ,

    September 10, 2018, will be the 16th World Suicide Prevention Day. This year’s theme is Working Together to Prevent Suicide. As you may already know, this theme strikes a chord with me on both a personal and professional level. Last year I talked about my experience as a mother dealing with a child in distress. I believe that every challenge helps us grow, leads us forward and opens us to new possibilities. I have had the opportunity to use that experience in my work and to transform a challenge into an achievement.

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  • Dear Teachers...

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    Since September, you’ve been through thick and thin with your students. You’ve guided them in their educational journey and tried to plant the seed of knowledge within their fertile minds.

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  • The Art of Setting Your Mind at Rest During the Holidays

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    Summer holidays are just around the corner or might have even started already! The energy of the end of classes manages to keep you well anchored in the present moment and allows you to continue accompanying your students in a dynamic way. But once summer arrives, it's not necessarily easy to set your mind at rest. Personally, when the school year ended, I needed several weeks to completely let go of my school year and really enjoy my holiday.

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  • I am an educator...

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    What does it mean to be an educator? In French, we often hear teachers talking about being a good educator, but what do they mean by that?

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  • When is the Right Moment to See a Mental Health Professional?

    Alexandra Verreault ,

    This May 7-13 is the 67th Mental Health Week and this year’s theme is “Take Action to Find Meaning.” For the occasion, we at Optania decided to talk about psychotherapy, which is a great way to help find meaning in our choices, our behaviour and our emotions, and also to take care of ourselves and our mental health.

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  • The Importance of Being a Role Model

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    My mother always told me that the important thing in life is to “practice what you preach”, meaning that if you expect something from others, you should also live up to those expectations.

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  • Ode to My Former Students

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    Quick background: I quit teaching less than two years ago. For 10 years, I taught a program called Responsible Citizenship to 12- to 17-year-old students for five consecutive years. These students were particularly committed to changing the world and left an indelible mark in my professional life.

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  • 5 Tips to Help Teachers Relax

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    Teaching is a difficult job. It is one of the professions with the highest dropout rate. Did you know that one in five teachers quit their job in the first five to ten years of their career? Yes, I'm part of the statistics! There are several reasons for this high dropout rate, but one of them stands out. The stress factor.

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  • The 3 Fundamental Principles of Positive Reinforcement

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    In another post, I shared the most effective methods (in my experience) to set up classroom management using positive reinforcement with your students. In order to facilitate the implementation of this classroom management, I decided today to present to you the fundamental principles of reinforcement of expected behaviors.

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  • 7 Effective Ways to Use Positive Reinforcement

    Carolanne Tremblay ,

    As you probably know, dear readers, positive reinforcement has always been a cornerstone of my daily classroom management style. Colleagues used to regularly complain about how hard it was to discipline students, and how much time was wasted on dealing with bad behaviors. In the meantime, I saved my energy and focused on my students’ positive behaviors. Some people thought I was deluding myself. But those who, like me, take the time to instill positive reinforcement in their classroom understand the beneficial impact it has.

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